Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer, is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of death from cancer. Colorectal cancer affects men and women from all racial and ethnic groups and is most common in people age 50 and older.

Cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. Colorectal cancer is cancer that occurs in the colon (the large intestine or large bowel) or the rectum (the passageway that connects the colon to the anus).

Abnormal growths, called polyps, may form in the colon or rectum; some polyps may turn into cancer. Screening tests can find polyps before turning into cancer.  Colorectal cancer screening can save your life by finding precancerous polyps so that they can be removed.

About nine out of every 10 people whose colorectal cancers are found early and treated appropriately are still alive five years later.  Screening saves lives.   If everyone age 50 and older screened regularly, 6 out of 10 deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented.

There are three main types of screening tests: colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and stool tests. Tests that find polyps and cancer include colonoscopy recommended every 10 years, and flexible sigmoidoscopy recommended every 5 years.  Tests that mainly detect cancer include stool occult blood test (FOBT) (guaiac) and stool immunochemical test (FIT) recommended every year.

If you are aged 50 or older, get screened now. If you think you may be at increased risk for colorectal cancer, speak with your doctor about when to begin screening, which test is right for you, and how often to get tested.

"Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise."
~ Jeremiah 17:14

Prayers for your health and wholeness, Retha


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